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A New Year boost for Scottish charities

Applications open for charges exemption scheme Applications open today (5th January 2015) for a new scheme to assist eligible organisations with the payment of water and sewerage charges, helping charities and sports clubs across Scotland to keep more of the money they raise in 2015 and pay less on bills. The Scottish Government scheme means that… Read more »

Job Vacancy Countryside Ranger for the Plock of Kyle

Kyle and Lochalsh Community Trust is a community organisation focusing on the rural regeneration of a beautiful area on the west coast of the Highlands. They are presently seeking to appoint an energetic and enthusiastic Countryside Ranger to contribute to the development of one of their key projects – the Plock of Kyle. The post… Read more »

Storas Uibhist comment on sporting rates

Huw Francis of Stòras Uibhist, the community owner which owns and manages close to 100,000 acres of land, including traditional shooting and fishing, said, “The re-introduction of Sporting Rates would bring to an end an anomaly enjoyed by the owners of Sporting Rights, who currently do not have to pay business rates on what can… Read more »

Welcome for Wider Package of Land Reform Proposals Announced Today

Commenting on the full range of land reform proposals published for the first time today (02/12/2014) by the Scottish Government, David Cameron of Community Land Scotland said, “This full range of land reform proposals, adding to what the First Minister announced last week, represents a comprehensive package of important reforming proposals. “The statement of land… Read more »

Herald provides balanced and encouraging report on Gigha finances

Over the weekend The Herald provided a balanced and encouraging report on Gigha’s finances. David Ross Highland Correspondent, The Herald Blog The Highland Line: Gigha’s financial difficulties are not as bad as they seem Friday 28th November 2014 News that the community trust which has owned the island of Gigha for the past 12 years,… Read more »

Gigha moves resolutely to next stage of development

David Cameron, Chair of Community Land Scotland, commenting on the decision of the Gigha islanders to revamp their business plan and move to their next stage of development, said, “Through the Gigha experience of recent weeks we have seen the strength of community ownership, with a community fully engaged and in democratic control of their… Read more »

Arguments for no change in land laws are wrong

Commenting on negative reactions to progressive land reform measures from traditional private land ownership interests, David Cameron, Chair of Community Land Scotland, said, “Comments flying around from some traditional private landed interests suggesting the land reform proposals from the Scottish Government will bring to an end populated rural communities, are completely over the top. “They… Read more »

Good News from Gigha

  The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust have issued a press statement on Thursday 27/11/2014. It reads. The Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust held a Meeting this evening at which the Membership voted to support Margaret McSporran as Chair with 56 for and 28 against. Margaret McSporran said, “I’d like to thank the Members of… Read more »

Community Land Owners Welcome Further Land Reform Proposals

Welcoming new land reform proposals outlined in the First Minister’s speech on the programme for government, David Cameron, Chair of Community Land Scotland said, “We welcome these important proposals, seeking to address a range of issues that have warranted attention for many years. “The growth in the land fund will help many aspiring communities to… Read more »

Gigha Community Success Highlighted

Commenting on weekend news coverage about Gigha and its business plans, David Cameron, Chair of Community Land Scotland said,   “As community owners continue to try and turn round the fortunes of their communities from the rundown private estates they inherited, they are making significant investments. Community owners, which are multi-faceted businesses of scale, have… Read more »